Friday, 2 March 2012

Dogs books and people

Yesterday for half an hour I was a Writer, talking about my books and what’s in them, answering questions about being a writer and being treated as if I were important.

The people in the group were elderly but reasonably well off, and I did a good discount on the copies I’d taken along, so lots of them bought books. 

Partly they were encouraged to read them because my friend Pearl had come along, and at the end of the question time she surprised me by launching into an impassioned recommendation of my books – telling the people to read the pages of endorsements at the beginning to see how wonderful they are!  That was nice (and it seemed to work)!

Anyway, I’m glad I had the money from selling books because on Facebook I saw a photo of this little dog waiting in a cage. 






 He had been taken from the streets by the authorities in whatever US city he lived in, and was being kept for a week or so in a cage.  Unless they raised $250 dollars to take him to a rescue place, he’d just be killed.  There were lots of other dogs too, but this one looked so patient and so sad.  Not a young dog.  I get so fed up with the human race sometimes.  But Pearl saying how wonderful she thinks my books are meant those people snapped up discounted copies meant I had something in the bank to send this little dog in America meant he didn’t have to die after all.

Then today I was not an important person any more but back to life as normal, using crumpled kitchen foil and left-over carpet cleaner to try to restore our grill pan to the condition I think of as “clean enough”.


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365 366 Day 62 March 2nd   
(if you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here) 




Sometimes I do question my sanity.  I got this fake ivy at Christmas, thinking it was just the thing for parts of the house where insufficient light makes it impractical to ask plants to grow.  Why?  Why did I ever think I wanted artificial ivy? For heaven’s sake!!



    

9 comments:

Julie B. said...

You rescued that beautiful dog because you have a kind and compassionate heart. You bought fake ivy because you yearn for green and beauty. So glad there are people like you, Ember.

Ember said...

:0) Thank you. xxx

Ember said...

I've just been looking at the pics of Mildred and Edith struggling with snow! x

Maria said...

I must share Ember, that we are a very peculiar and sometimes, trying race. But unfortunately, you can not expect too much from a world dipped in sin!

I am glad that your day went as well as it did. As a reader of your books, I am glad that others were able to see what I have seen.

In His Love,

Maria

by the way, I have a new blog address...Wordpress was just getting to be too much. So I took that blog down and returned to blogger... stop by when you can.

m.

Ember said...

Oh, I am so glad to hear from you! I went to have a look at your blog and found you'd closed it down. I love the profile photo you have on Blogger :0) Just off to look at your new site. x

keitha said...

Wish I could have been there. I'm sure the discussion was fabulous!

Your last paragraph was my favorite. You are truly refreshing.

Roberta said...

Ember, After reading how and why you saved that dog from a gratuitous death, you are definitely on my Most Important People list! Although I have been following your blog, I just bought and began the three Tvolumes of The Hawk and The Dove. I read it on my Kindle every night before going to sleep. Pearl is right, the book(s) are great.

Ganeida said...

Animals give us so much it distresses me when we treat them so poorly! :( Glad you had that little something from you books. Hope all was well from the social angle & fake ivy? Really? England must have been gloomier than usual! lol

Ember said...

Hi Keitha, hope all is well with you :0)

Hi Roberta; glad you're enjoying those stories!

Hi Ganeida - yes, I think I go a little out of my head during the Grey Drear...